Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam has urged residents of the state and other Nigerians to leave behind the negative attributes which slowed down the country’s march to greatness.
In his New Year’s message, the governor noted that “unfortunate” developments, such as the spectre of bomb blasts, political violence, communal conflicts, kidnapping and other violent crimes are a collective assault on the psyche of the nation because they are antithetical to the nation’s developmental aspirations.
In a statement in Makurdi, the state capital, by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Dr Cletus Akwaya, the governor said: “As a people, we must enter the New Year with renewed determination to break from the things that tend to retard our progress. This country is destined for greatness and it behoves all of us to do the right things all the time so that we can translate our great potentials to real opportunities.”
Suswam said his administration has mapped out an economic development programme in this year’s budget, now before the House of Assembly, to change the economic fortunes of the state.
He said: “In 2012, we want to create jobs and expand the economy through the promotion of cottage and micro-enterprises in partnership with the private sector.”
The governor praised the residents for their support, understanding and good conduct in the past year, noting that these enabled his administration to record huge successes. The governor called for the sustenance of the support this year.
Suswam said his administration would continue to protect the life and property of the residents, adding that security would be given priority this year.
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We must break from our ugly past, says Suswam